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    Default Airco= Miller? But Which Miller

    I just bought this old Airco welder/generator model 2.25A/DDG-AMEL-A. It is powered by an Onan CCK-MS/736F (I was told 20HP, which I strongly doubt) two cylinder.

    Inside the side cover it says Miller Gold Star, so I believe this was sourced from Miller (did Airco buy all their stuff from Miller?). I am trying to find out if there was an identical model sold by Miller, in hopes of getting a operators manual for it.
    The closest I've found was an older Miller AEAD, the chassis looked almost identical but the front panel was quite a bit different.

    On Edit: An AEA-200L is also very similar. Again, with a different front panel.

    Anyone recognize this welder?




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    My dad had a miller like that one in the 70s. same engine for sure, 18 or 20hp. I don't remember the model number. As I remember the cabinet and fuel tank look the same. It welded great though.

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    Thanks m. m., it sure has a '60's look to it. All Bakelite and woven fiberglass, even the decals take me back.
    I haven't welded with it yet as I'm not 100% positive on correct set-up, and I don't want to be the guy who kills a classic survivor.

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    Looks similar to the Miller AEAD-200 series. Check out the manuals at Miller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPOP View Post
    Looks similar to the Miller AEAD-200 series. Check out the manuals at Miller.
    Spot on USMCPOP, just minutes ago I received a very nice email from Barb at the Miller Literature Dept. According to Barb, my Airco is equivalent to a Miller AEAD-200LE.
    She even sent me a PDF copy of the operators manual and a parts list.

    FREE-OF-CHARGE!

    Now that's darned impressive customer service!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfw5914 View Post
    ....Now that's darned impressive customer service!

    I think I beat her by about an hour, just didn't post the link to the manual.

    Now all you have to do is get a yellow/orange highlighter and color in the picture on the front of the black & white manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPOP View Post
    I think I beat her by about an hour, just didn't post the link to the manual.

    Now all you have to do is get a yellow/orange highlighter and color in the picture on the front of the black & white manual.
    How 'bout a colored pencil...

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    Beats blue porch paint, LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPOP View Post
    Beats blue porch paint, LOL.
    That's funny, I also have an Airco HeliWelder TIG machine (it's just an orange Miller 330 A/BP) that has literally been slatherd with blue porch paint.
    The guy I bought it from said the machine was originally in a weld shop at Bell Helicopter among a group of similar Miller machines.
    No one would use it because it was orange.
    ...so they painted it blue.

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